Temptations Men Face
by Tom L. Eisenman, InterVarsity Press, 1990.

     This last chapel talk reminded me of two books I read sometime ago. And I want to take this opportunity of recommending the two books for your reading pleasures. The first is a book "Temptations Men Face" by Tom L. Eisenman.
     The author addresses common areas of struggle for men. This includes power, money, affairs, perfectionism, and insensitivity. According to Eisenman, all behaviour springs from our need. And a big step in overcoming the sinful ways of meeting such needs is to learn the need-basis for behaviour. He examines why such struggles are present and offers practical tips on how to keep moving toward winning the battle. This book contains a number of special features such as an appendix on specific strategies for beating temptation, a chapter on how women can help the men in their lives deal with temptation, and also study questions at the end of each chapter for groups or individuals.

Temptations Women Face
by Mary Ellen Ashcroft, InterVarsity Press, 1991.

     Following hot on the heels of that 1990 book, Temptations Men Face, is a book, Temptations Women Face, which was written and published in 1991 by Mary Ellen Ashcroft.
     This book explores reasons behind the struggles and behaviours often typical of women. It is not a list of "how-tos" - how to resist that piece of chocolate cake or how to keep from losing my temper at the children. The book touches on the "whys." Why is food such a temptation to women? Why are women so guilt-laden about their body image? What are women trying to prove in their accomplishments? According to Ashcroft, the search for worth not only fuels women's temptations, it keeps women from finding their worth in God and being who they were meant to be. There are chapters on jealosy, anger, sex, money, food, and pride. This book also examines women's efforts to live up to womanly ideals that keep them from being real and from genuinely dealing with sin amidst a community of caring believers.
(Review by Dr John Lim)

     Chapel speaker for last Wednesday was Mr Andrew Chua, an alumnus who graduated with  Dip CS in 1999. He spoke on the topic, "Crucified with Christ" (Gal. 2:20) highlighting three important points:

  1. "To die with Him." Two questions come to mind when we begin to think of dying with Christ: Is my life a reflection of Jesus Christ? If I face troubles, "What would Jesus do?". We do struggle in these areas. But the Lord through His Word is our guide in these matters.

  2. "To mean liberation from sin and death." Christ has, however, conquered sin and death through the crucifixion and resurrection. So, sin and death do not have a hold on us. And we can confidently say that the life we now live is no longer ours, but Christ who lives in us. But sometimes we do not fully realize this fact. Some reasons are: (a) We forget that Jesus Christ has asked us to put these burdens on Him. (b) We try to do things on our own effort and strength. (c) We lack the faith to put our trust in Christ.

  3. "We need the faith to believe fully in His ministry." We need to believe that we were all crucified with Him. We need to believe that we were all one in the body in God's mind and that God had already accepted us. And this gives us the incentive and motivation for holy living.

     Chapel speaker for this Wednesday (15 May) will be full-time international student, Ms Hukali Aye, from Nagaland. Come & join us at Rm 302, 12 noon.

Strange but Interesting Facts About the 1500s

IF YOU THOUGHT LIFE HAS BEEN TOUGH LATELY and would like to complain think about how things used to be....

Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and, still, smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then, all the other sons and men, then, the women and, finally, the children -- last of all the babies. By then, the water was so dirty you could, actually, lose someone in it -- hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs--thick straw, piled high, with no wood, underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so, all the dogs, cats, and other small animals (mice rats, and bugs), lived in the roof. When it rained, it became slippery and, sometimes, the animals would slip and fall off the roof-- hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could, really, mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top, afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor."

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter, when wet, so, they spread thresh on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entry way --hence, a "threshhold."

They cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and, then, start over the next day. Sometimes, the stew had food in it, that had been there for quite a while--hence the rhyme, "peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so, for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Most people did not have pewter plates, but, had trenchers, a piece of wood with the middle scooped out like a bowl. Often, trenchers were made from stale paysan bread, which was so old and hard that they could use them for quite some time. Trenchers were never washed, and, a lot of times, worms and mold got into the wood and old bread. After eating off wormy moldy trenchers, one would get "trenchmouth."

Bread was divided, according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or, "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would, sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up-hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small, and, they started out running out of places to bury people. So, they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, one out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside, and, they realized they had been burying people alive. So,
they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell", or, was considered a "dead ringer."

Wasn't life fun then?

  1. CARING THROUGH COUNSELLING.  For those of you who are interested to join this class, kindly note that the dates are: Jun 26, Jul 10 & 24; Aug 7 & 21; Sep 4 &18 and Oct 2.

  2. ERRATUM.  We apologise to Mr Mickey Chiang and our readers for the typographical errors in last week's Thinking Points.

  3. INTERESTED? We are still enquiring concerning the interest for the following courses to be conducted as video classes in Semester 2. For Term 3: "Christology of the NT"(NT354); "Introduction to Church History"(CH101); "Christian Faith"(TS101); and Term 4: "NT Greek: Basic Research Tools"(BG214); and "Biblical Hebrew: Basic Research Tools"(BH214).

Wishing you God's blessings on your Birthday!
Mr Lam Kin  14/5
Mr Chew Wee  15/5
Mr Koh Soo Keong  15/5
Mr Lim Chin Keng  15/5
Mrs Pauline Koe  16/5
Mr Cheong See Hock  17/5
Mr Ng Kok Beng  18/5
Mdm Tan Soh Hiang  19/5

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